Last Updated on: 5th December 2023, 06:32 pm
State House | President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Monday met and held discussions with the Ambassador of the United States of America (USA) to Uganda, William W. Popp at State House Entebbe.
During the meeting, President Museveni and Ambassador Popp discussed a wide range of topics including the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) issue.
A few months ago, the U.S. conveyed to Uganda its decision to remove the East African country from AGOA due to human rights abuses, among other reasons.
Uganda is one of the African countries affected, including Niger. Uganda, however, is to be removed in early 2024.
During Monday’s diplomatic meeting, Museveni sent “a special message” to the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden.
The letter was handed to Ambassador Popp who will deliver it to the US leader, State House says.
“H.E. President Biden wrote to me about AGOA, so I have answered him. You will deliver the letter to him,” President Museveni told Popp.
Ambassador Popp reiterated the U.S. government’s commitment to continue cooperating with Uganda through improved bilateral relations.
“We do want to continue conducting business with Uganda as a whole through different projects. These projects could be worked on without any restrictions,” he added.
Meanwhile, the same U.S. has issued an amended Visa ban on Ugandan senior officials over human rights abuses, and undemocratic 2021 elections, among others.
Below is what the U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken said:
After Uganda’s flawed 2021 presidential elections, I announced a visa restriction policy targeting those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda. At that time, I implored the Government of Uganda to significantly improve its record and hold accountable those responsible for flawed electoral processes, violence, and intimidation.
Today, I am announcing the expansion of the visa restriction policy to include current or former Ugandan officials or others who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda or for policies or actions aimed at repressing members of marginalized or vulnerable populations.
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